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a Disgruntled Whole Foods Employee’s Epic Resignation Letter (Thorazine alert!)
Gawker ^ | 7/25/11

Posted on 07/25/2011 1:52:36 PM PDT by pabianice

Late Friday afternoon, an employee of the Whole Foods Market in Toronto sent this epic resignation letter to the entire company. It's an alternatingly amusing, enlightening, and occasionally infuriating read — but a good read, nonetheless.

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Dear Whole Foods Market,

My experience at Whole Foods was like an increasingly sped up fall down a really long hill. That got rockier with every metre. And eventually, just really spiky ... With fire, acid and Nickleback music. I was hired about five or six years ago. I appreciated and respected what the company said it's philosophies were at that time. The "core values" essentially. However, it didn't take long to realize what complete and utter bullshit they are:

Oh, you don't recycle properly? (Caring about our communities and our environment)

Oh, you throw out enough food to feed a lot of hungry university students. (Caring about our communities and our environment)

Oh, you're asking me to put latex gloves on the sales floor so customers can throw a pair out for every handful of gummy bears they take? (Caring about our communities and our environment)

Oh, you've installed massive television screens all over the store, sucking up energy and polluting the environment with tacky advertisements. (Caring about our communities and our environment, Supporting team member happiness and excellence)

Oh, you waste an absurd amount of energy, ink and paper in your offices for useless bureaucratic nonsense. (Caring about our communities and our environment, Supporting team member happiness and excellence, )

Oh, you just write off 10-20% of the product that you buy for your bulk department because the bins look nice. (Caring about our communities and our environment).

Oh, you sometimes intentionally order too much just to guarantee a full shelf, knowing full well the product will most likely be thrown out? (Caring about our communities and our environment)

Oh, you don't actually audit or evaluate each product you sell? (Caring about our communities and our environment, We sell the highest quality natural and organic products available)

Oh, you force team members to come in to work, on their day off, once a month, at 7 in the morning, knowing a lot of them live an hour away and the TTC isn't completely running that early in the morning and then force feed them useless updates on the company and embarrassingly artificial pep talks ([Redacted] once compared Whole Foods Market to religion... had to throw that in there. That was definitely a "Did she really just say that moment.")? (Supporting team member happiness and excellence, Caring about our communities and our environment)/

Oh, you buy poorly made, ugly t-shirts for your employees that will just be thrown in the trash and pretend they're gifts when they're really just advertising tools? (Supporting team member happiness and excellence, Caring about our communities and our environment)

Oh, the food here is really quite awful on average? Almost everything that prepared foods makes is terrible. The pizza used to be pretty good but the slices have shrunk, the toppings are sparser and it's usually extremely overcooked. The sandwiches are the stuff of nightmares. (It's amazing what advertising can make people think. It can even trick their senses.) (We sell the highest quality natural and organic products available)

Oh, you let some customers abuse your employees and then actually reward the customers for their behaviour and then trample on the integrity and honour of your abused employees? (Supporting team member happiness and excellence)

Oh, you practice discrimination by offering "healthier" employees better discounts? And you think having different rules for new smoker employees versus old smoker employees is a good idea? (Supporting team member happiness and excellence)

Oh, you purchase products from Israel (Or any distant country) if they're slightly cheaper than local alternatives? (Caring about our communities and our environment)

Oh, you've somehow created the worst computer program I've ever used to run your entire buying system? IRMA is some Windows 95 era stuff, guys. I could design a significantly better interface in 30 minutes on a pad of paper. I know several students who could create a superior program in their spare time. Was someone actually hired to create that thing? Was it the Realplayer dudes? Even Captain Picard couldn't facepalm hard enough to express the amount of failure in that... that, thing... (Supporting team member happiness and excellence)

Oh, you push employees into greater responsibilities without compensation? Often having them essentially do all the work of a higher position without the pay? (Supporting team member happiness and excellence) Oh, you ambush employee's [sic] using two managers when you want to write someone up? No warning. No representation. All reasons and excuses fall on deaf ears. (Supporting team member happiness and excellence) Oh, you'd rather attempt to create some sort of fake "culture" with signs and forced meeting than let it happen naturally by letting employees socialize lightly as they work? (Supporting team member happiness and excellence)

Oh, you like to manage "systems" instead of people? You don't hold critical thinking and discretion in high regard? You encourage blindly following rules? I.e., no recourse in challenging write ups. Employees given cold shoulder when they attempt anything like this. (Supporting team member happiness and excellence) Oh, you want us to politely call and let you know if we'll be late... but you'll still write us up when we arrive? Kind of a dick move, guys. (Supporting team member happiness and excellence)

Oh, you actually think being 20 minutes late matters? You know Whole Foods Market is just a grocery store, right? (Supporting team member happiness and excellence) Oh, you don't believe inflation exists? Cost of living raises aren't given here? (Supporting team member happiness and excellence)

I notice a trend... Honestly, I could go on and on and fill out the details but since most people will just dismiss this email I should probably not put too much effort into it. I should have kept a blog…

Now the employees have lost a lot of their former power and the store is being sucked into some centralized monster. Quality is being thrown out in favour of the people at the top having to do a little less work. Competition is being destroyed and you're not even pushing that many healthy products. Every second endcap is potato chips or pop or some sort of salt filled snack (Promoting the health of our stakeholders through healthy eating education). A lot of the stuff in Whole Body doesn't even work or has absolutely no credible evidence to back any claims up. You're kind a faux hippy Wal-Mart now. Great. Job.

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On the bright side, she can go back to school and earn a degree in social justice!

The responses are great.

1 posted on 07/25/2011 1:52:40 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: pabianice
Oh, you actually think being 20 minutes late matters? You know Whole Foods Market is just a grocery store, right? (Supporting team member happiness and excellence)

Pure left wing gold...

2 posted on 07/25/2011 1:55:19 PM PDT by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: pabianice

Progressives and wanna be progressives hate Whole Foods. It’s a pro-union thing.


3 posted on 07/25/2011 1:58:12 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: pabianice

“Oh, you purchase products from Israel”

Do you HAVE to be anti-semitic to be a lefty or is that kind of hatred something that comes to you later on?


4 posted on 07/25/2011 1:59:25 PM PDT by Grunthor (Faster than the speed of smell.)
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To: Grunthor

Yes, and you also have to be an illiterate who cannot write grammatically correct sentences.


5 posted on 07/25/2011 2:02:17 PM PDT by NoKoolAidforMe (I'm clinging to my God and my guns. You can keep the change.)
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What a spoiled brat.

How ‘bout this? You are lucky to have a job.

This gauge wearing, tattooed, living-in-a-fantasy-world douche, would not last ten minutes in a real company.

Good luck.


6 posted on 07/25/2011 2:02:36 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I can't think of anything clever, so I'll just say, "Obama sucks.")
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To: pabianice

It’s also a Obamacare thing. Whole Food CEO John Mackey has the audacity to offer his employees Health Savings Accounts. He penned an article in the WSJ touting the advantages of HSA over Obamacare. He will never be forgiven for that.


7 posted on 07/25/2011 2:02:57 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: pabianice

I have to work?


8 posted on 07/25/2011 2:04:05 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici ("Si, se gimme!")
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To: pabianice
However, it didn't take long to realize what complete and utter bullshit they are:

In a free society under capitalism, you are free to quit your job if you don't like it and find another that you like better. That is why capitalism is better than the socialism that you libtards like so much.

9 posted on 07/25/2011 2:05:20 PM PDT by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: pabianice

I wonder if this little dreamer has ever used the term “Faux News”.


10 posted on 07/25/2011 2:05:56 PM PDT by BunnySlippers (I love BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: pabianice
Oh, you push employees into greater responsibilities without compensation? Often having them essentially do all the work of a higher position without the pay?

That has happened to me before. Had to do the work of two. And if that wasn't bad enough, the boss complained because I wasn't doing both jobs fast enough.



11 posted on 07/25/2011 2:05:56 PM PDT by DejaJude
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To: pabianice

Maybe she can open a grocery store that will do all of those things.


12 posted on 07/25/2011 2:06:47 PM PDT by Anitius Severinus Boethius
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To: pabianice
Oh, you've somehow created the worst computer program I've ever used to run your entire buying system? IRMA is some Windows 95 era stuff, guys. I could design a significantly better interface in 30 minutes on a pad of paper.

And you're working at Whole Foods....???

13 posted on 07/25/2011 2:09:14 PM PDT by erikm88
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To: pabianice

“Oh, you actually think being 20 minutes late matters?”

I can think of no business that likes it’s employess being late. I can also think of no for-profit business that liberals like.

Wait a minute.....


14 posted on 07/25/2011 2:09:43 PM PDT by Grunthor (Faster than the speed of smell.)
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Oh, you throw out enough food to feed a lot of hungry university students.

Rotten and outdated food? You want the HHS to shut us down?

Oh, you're asking me to put latex gloves on the sales floor so customers can throw a pair out for every handful of gummy bears they take?

We are scared of the government health inspectors.

Oh, you've installed massive television screens all over the store, sucking up energy and polluting the environment with tacky advertisements.

Big Brother and Janet Napolitano made us do it for national security reasons in case of emergency they can throw up messages and stuff. and the ads helped pay your salary.

Oh, you waste an absurd amount of energy, ink and paper in your offices for useless bureaucratic nonsense.

It's called government. It's what you voted for, moron.

15 posted on 07/25/2011 2:10:03 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: pabianice
You're kind a faux hippy Wal-Mart now.

This last bit was good.

16 posted on 07/25/2011 2:10:03 PM PDT by montyspython (This thread needs more cowbell)
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To: pabianice

Dude, it’s a grocery store. Just quit already.


17 posted on 07/25/2011 2:10:35 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: BunnySlippers

I don’t.


18 posted on 07/25/2011 2:11:18 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: pabianice

I’m pissed at Whole Foods because they didn’t have “Mary’s Gone Crackers” Sticks and Twigs in stock yesterday. Great snack food.


19 posted on 07/25/2011 2:11:33 PM PDT by bvw
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To: pabianice

Bush’s fault she no longer has a job.


20 posted on 07/25/2011 2:11:59 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: pabianice
This person sounds like he just found out that there is no Santa Claus.

...and is OUTRAGED.

(lol)

21 posted on 07/25/2011 2:12:02 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: VeniVidiVici
"I have to work?"

Yes, dam them. They want you to work, be on time and sober. I couldn't take that crap either.

/sarc

22 posted on 07/25/2011 2:12:44 PM PDT by BipolarBob (Yes I backed over the vampire but I swear I didn't see him in the rearview mirror.)
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23 posted on 07/25/2011 2:14:16 PM PDT by Maverick68
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To: pabianice

Ha!! This is classic! Moonbat catering — it’s a tough business model.


24 posted on 07/25/2011 2:14:20 PM PDT by riri
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To: pabianice
This is what happens when you allow "social justice" as a corporate goal to leak into and pollute the system. The only thing worse is corporate bean counters issuing pronouncements from on high, without knowing or caring about unintended consequences.

These responders need to transfer to inner city community centers so they can get properly mugged and the survivors can get an actual grasp on this reality thing. Somehow they missed the Simpsons episode where the Simpsons go to a Whole Food market and the "pure" foods are ten time more expensive, and rot before they can be packed in recycled canvas bags.

Sometimes the "Simpson's" actually let some Truth leak thru. Not as often as "South Park," but, sometimes.

25 posted on 07/25/2011 2:15:33 PM PDT by jonascord (The Drug War Rapes the Constitution.)
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To: GeronL
It's called government. It's what you voted for, moron.

It's amazing, but almost all of these items are a result of government intervention or that eeeeevvvvvviiiiiillllll thing called profit (which pays their salaries)!

Idiots like these really do not understand that there is no magical money tree in the back of the store to make everything right when someone gets his panties in a knot!!

This guy is obviously prime suspect for a government job!!
26 posted on 07/25/2011 2:16:47 PM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: Anitius Severinus Boethius

Yeah, the faux-hippie Wal-Mart.


27 posted on 07/25/2011 2:16:49 PM PDT by montyspython (This thread needs more cowbell)
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To: GSWarrior

>It’s also a Obamacare thing. Whole Food CEO John Mackey has the audacity to offer his employees Health Savings Accounts. He penned an article in the WSJ touting the advantages of HSA over Obamacare. He will never be forgiven for that.<

Coincidentally, out of every groc store in L.A., Whole Foods is the one I just don’t go to. I’m not even boycotting it like it’s a lib place..it’s just the prices are expensive for me. Even if I give my money for anti-Obama businesses, the prices are just too much.


28 posted on 07/25/2011 2:18:08 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: pabianice

The arugula! She forgot about the high priced arugula!


29 posted on 07/25/2011 2:18:30 PM PDT by hawkboy
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To: pabianice
I was hired about five or six years ago.

Pretty much sums up the quality of the letter. The guy didn't even know when he was hired for a job he had held for 5 (or is that 6) years.

30 posted on 07/25/2011 2:18:41 PM PDT by Brookhaven (Herman Cain knows computers, math, missiles, banking, burgers, pizza, gospel music, & Coca-Cola)
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To: pabianice
Well, I really have no clue on what to make of this person. Was he right, wrong? Ya got me. I have seen companies though that paid tons of lip service to lofty things but if you looked behind the facade at management actions it was all a fake.

I had an interesting Saturday morning at a Whole Foods a while back. Went in early enough on a Saturday morning that the store was real slow. Went and bought some wine then went over the the cheese zone to get something. I had no real idea what to get so asked the girl behind the counter for advise. She checked out my wine choice then started giving me samples of several cheeses. Next, she said you really can't properly check out a cheese with a wine without wine so pulled a bottle from behind the counter, poured her and I a glass and I spent a very pleasant few minutes sipping the vino, chatting and trying out cheeses. Probably ended up buying more cheese than I planned though. LOL!

31 posted on 07/25/2011 2:19:33 PM PDT by Hootowl99
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To: pabianice
This guy seems apropos for that store. The place is full of gluten-free this and organic that and almost all the cars in the parking lot have Obama/Biden stickers.
Heck, it even looks like a Toyota Prius dealership.
Every time I leave there I want to come home and take a shower to wash off all the self-righteousness that floats around in the air like a fog.

32 posted on 07/25/2011 2:19:50 PM PDT by red-dawg (There is no such thing as "government money".)
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33 posted on 07/25/2011 2:21:20 PM PDT by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list.)
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To: ExTxMarine

I noticed that right off the bat


34 posted on 07/25/2011 2:23:19 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: pabianice

I don’t have a dog in this fight. The employee seems like a self-important, whiny Lib. Then again, Whole Foods puts out an image of being a perfect Lib grocery store — organic food, caring about the environment, etc. There is one close to me and I won’t shop there. The employees look like liberals in the most anoying way. And the customers are they typical obnoxious Soccer Moms who have Obama / Biden bumper stickers on the backs of their monster SUVs. I won’t even get close to the place.


35 posted on 07/25/2011 2:24:12 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: pabianice

Very good


36 posted on 07/25/2011 2:26:49 PM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (I love how the FR spellchecker doesn't recognize the word "Obama")
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To: hawkboy
The arugula! She forgot about the high priced arugula!

Some Irish family in D.C. bought the whole crop.

O'Bama, or somethin'.
37 posted on 07/25/2011 2:26:52 PM PDT by BikerJoe
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To: pabianice

The writer is right. Whole Foods was started by a couple of hippy communists in Austin. But once the millions started rolling in they now only pretend to be communists.


38 posted on 07/25/2011 2:27:44 PM PDT by Terry Mross (I'll only vote for a SECOND party.)
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To: Grunthor
Do you HAVE to be anti-semitic to be a lefty or is that kind of hatred something that comes to you later on?

It has always been there. Except now, it's fashionable so they do not hesitate to flaunt the hatred. Hatred they dress up as social commentary. But hatred nonetheless.

39 posted on 07/25/2011 2:31:41 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (If you think it's time to bury your weapons.....it's time to dig them up.)
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To: pabianice

That was written by a girl? I assumed a guy.


40 posted on 07/25/2011 2:32:19 PM PDT by brytlea (Someone the other day said I'm not a nice person. How did they know?)
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To: buccaneer81

One wonders how many times she/it was 20 minutes late.


41 posted on 07/25/2011 2:32:59 PM PDT by flowerplough (Bammy: It frustrates me when people talk about government jobs as if somehow those are worth less.)
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To: pabianice

Is she related to this genius?
http://www.collegehumor.com/video/5292946/brilliant-woman-solves-all-of-californias-problems


42 posted on 07/25/2011 2:34:19 PM PDT by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: buccaneer81

“Oh, you actually think being 20 minutes late matters?”

I agree—that is absolutely the best line out of the piece. This guy is totally unemployable.


43 posted on 07/25/2011 2:36:58 PM PDT by Avid Coug
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To: red-dawg

I dislike shopping there and only go there occasionally when there is something I can’t find anywhere else. The customers tend to be rude and self absorbed and deadly with their carts. We have something here called Fresh Market with similar stuff altho more gourmet things and then Publix has a Greenwise Market with even more similar stuff but a more cordial customer base (and they often carry real stuff in addition so that I can get things Whole Foods doesn’t carry). In Texas they have a place I used to go to when I would visit in Dallas called Central Market, but they don’t have them here.


44 posted on 07/25/2011 2:43:08 PM PDT by brytlea (Someone the other day said I'm not a nice person. How did they know?)
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To: Brookhaven

OK, worked at Whole Foods for 5 plus years. Did she get promoted after all that time? Did she make a living? Apparently so to work there for that length of time. Now that she’s quit, good luck in finding another job. I’ve heard McDonalds is hiring.


45 posted on 07/25/2011 2:47:18 PM PDT by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: pabianice

Waaaaaanh! Gee, really, it’s just a grocery store? And your first clue was ... the groceries? The check-out lane? The price tags?

Capitalism rears its ugly head; another delusion libbie bites the dust.


46 posted on 07/25/2011 2:47:31 PM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: pabianice

The employees at Whole Foods and Green Life are bitter leftists who feel that they deserve money, respect, and success in life with their English/Philosophy/Women’s Studies/Sustainability Studies/etc degrees. The letter writer says that management sides with the customer over the employee but 1.) I have never seen that happen and 2.) If it did happen, then the employee did something so over the top that management could not ignore it. They hold the customers in contempt and generally believe they are of much less intelligence than their worthless graduate degree selves.

I do not shop regularly at these stores but have been to them with my sister on occasion. The employees really do hold their customers in contempt.


47 posted on 07/25/2011 2:48:18 PM PDT by jimnm
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To: pabianice

Reminds me of the 1970’s punk band “Dead Kennedy’s”

This twit needs a “Holiday in Cambodia”


48 posted on 07/25/2011 2:49:42 PM PDT by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: pabianice

Poor girl, I can’t imagine how uncomfortable those handcuffs and chain’s are.

I’m surprised slavery didn’t come up.


49 posted on 07/25/2011 2:50:28 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: pabianice

This reads like a stupid valley girl wrote this...


50 posted on 07/25/2011 2:51:24 PM PDT by Average Al
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